Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Yellow Summer Sweater

Knitting at last! My little yellow summer sweater is finished. Blocked, but not yet worn. I am saving it for the trip home. Good gas station service is a definite with this sweater.

The yarn is a yellow, cotton denim. The exact name is on the label, back at the trailer, while I type here in town. Once home and more organized I'll try to remember to post it.

Knit at 22 sts/4 inches on 4 mm needles, I knit it EZ style. Casting on enough stitches to create a 40 inch sweater minus 10% for the bottom. Instead of increasing immediately after the ribbing, I increased every couple of inches as I knit up to the armholes. Wanting a little cropped sweater, the armholes are at 11 1/2 inches. The yoke gives it another 9 inches or so, making the total length about 20 - 21 inches.

Originally I intended to stripe the yoke a bit, but after reaching the neckline I took a good look and realized that the striping wasn't too creative. Creativity is rampant at the trailer this summer and I have James and Abi to keep up with.

So, the yoke was ripped and an inch or so of slip stitch stripes in yellow and white became my decorative element.

I cast on for the sleeves but only knit a row or two, before putting them on waste yarn. With the yellow yarn in short supply, I left the sleeves to last. There was one ball of yarn remaining when I started the sleeves, so half a ball per sleeve. That gave me about 4 inch sleeves - perfect for a little summer sweater.

I think EZ would be proud except for one thing. It's not wool. Shhhh.


Crazy Knitting Fool said...

The sweater is adorable. Good gas station service is in your future for sure.

Laurie said...

Absolutely love it!

Needles said...

Gorgeous! I love the slip stitches. Perfect for it.

Erin said...

Hii thanks for sharing this